General Rogers Nicholas Justifies Closure of Gwoza-Damboa Roads
The Theatre commander Operation Lafiya Dole, Major General Rogers Nicholas has said that the closure of some roads in Maiduguri was to prevent terrorists from fleeing from the epicentre of military operations in Borno State.
General Nicholas made the disclosure at his maiden meeting with Heads of security agencies in Borno State.
He said: “The closure of Bama-Maiduguri and Gwoza-Damboa roads is to prevent fleeing Boko Haram insurgents from escaping from the ongoing onslaught by troops.”
The Theatre commander said that since assumption of office, he had desired to meet with security stakeholders in the three major states of the North East, particularly Borno State which he described as the epicentre of the counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations in the region. He stated that it was necessary to meet to foster acquittance and close the gaps in the security architecture of the state and the northeast generally.
While giving an overview of the operational activities of troops, Major General Rogers Nicholas, noted that troops have overran Boko Haram positions in Sambisa and have physically occupied Camp Zairo. He added that several Boko Haram logistics including combat and non combat vehicles as well as weaponry have been destroyed in the ongoing Operations.
He stated further, that there was need for synergy and sharing of valuable information for the success of the operation.
On the curfew in place in Borno state, the Theatre commander noted that it should be jointly enforced by all security agencies. He urged security agencies to ensure compliance on the part of some operatives and personnel who have been using their position to encourage violation of curfew and beating security check points. He pointed out that unsavoury attitudes would not be condoned.
The Theatre commander also addressed the need for the the relevant security agencies to complement the effort of troops of Operation Lafiya Dole by deploying operatives and personnel in some of those areas that have been liberated by the troops.
To curtail suicide bombings, he urged security agencies to be more proactive, vigilant and ensure regular patrols of the vulnerable areas such as Muna Garage and Molai areas.
The security meeting took place at the Military Command and Control Centre at Theatre Command Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri.